Bayern Munich eased past hosts Greuther Fuerth 3-1 on Friday, in spite of playing almost the entire second half with 10 men.
The win helped the defending champions to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
But Bayern Munich top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski saw his scoring streak snapped, after failing to equal Gerd Muller’s all-time record of scoring in 16 consecutive league games.
It was always going to be a one-sided encounter against the newly-promoted club, bottom in the Bundesliga and without a win this season, and Bayern Munich took a quick lead.
This was barely after just 10 minutes into the game with Thomas Muller slotting in from an Alphonso Davies cut-back.
Joshua Kimmich was devastatingly accurate with a low drive on the half hour to score his third league goal, after netting twice last week, and Lewandowski hit the woodwork just before the break.
A reckless challenge by Benjamin Pavard three minutes after the restart left the champions with 10 men, but it hardly changed the dynamic of the game.
A 68th minute own goal by Sebastian Griesbeck, under pressure from Lewandowski, killed off any slim hopes of a comeback that Fuerth may have been secretly harbouring.
The home fans did get a moment to savour when Cedric Itten headed in a cross in the 87th minute to cut the deficit.
Bayern Munich, who take on Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League next week, move up to 16 points from six matches, with VfL Wolfsburg, on 13 in second place, travelling to Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Third-placed Borussia Dortmund, on 12, take on Borussia Monchengladbach. (Reuters/NAN)